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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 22, 2012 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: American Masters (indirectly Dead related if you follow me))

Here is my first impression of the American Masters documentary about Merle Haggard. I felt compelled to bring some discussion about him also, namely, "Merle the Pearl" is a Texas Playboys' alumni!!!
On July 21, 2010, PBS released a new episode of American Masters on Merle Haggard. His most notable early era band was Merle Haggard and The Strangers. The film doesn't disclose accurately, as Deadheads will immediately point out, Merle Haggard's songs Mama Tried was performed over 300 times by GD, and Sing Me Back Home was performed around 40 times by GD. The film leaves an impression that Merle is straight country and western. Maybe it's true this is his legacy. What wasn't emphasized nearly enough in this documentary is Merle Haggard's amazing contribution to Western Swing music. Western Swing Music is also known as Texas swing, cowboy swing, or country swing. The music was made famous by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Merle played and recorded with Bob Wills.

please read this thread about it:
http://archive.org/post/318058/merle-haggard-and-grateful-dead-did-jer-dig-bob-wills